In brief: Laurence Messer

Laurence Messer, former managing partner of Davies Arnold Cooper, has been acquitted on four charges of conspiracy to defraud. Messer was charged with being involved in a property fraud scheme. The trial at Southwark Crown Court ended on 22 January. The Crown was ordered to pay Messer's costs. Messer stood down as managing partner of DAC last month due to ill-health.